Unions talks with Canfor at impasse and heading south

“The mediator is still not booked out of the process yet, so what we’ve decided to do is we’ve decided to take the issues that we have to the employers in the southern interior, and we’re going to meet with the [Interior Forest Labour Relations Association] in Kelowna towards the end of the month.

The timing is interesting, because Canfor announced just yesterday it will hold a news conference on October 31 to discus its third quarter financial and operating results. 

The union served the company’s operations in Chetwynd and Vanderhoof with strike notice last month, after receiving 97 per cent rank and file support for job action to support contract demands. 

Noting what it views as the improvement in the economy, the union says it’s astounding that B.C. forest companies appear unwilling to share the benefits of it with their workers.